Laurean, Wife Named In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The family of a slain Marine lance corporal has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the 22-year-old former Marine accused of killing her.

The wrongful death suit was filed in Onslow County on Monday on the two-year anniversary of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Maria Lauterbach's disappearance.

Cesar Laurean will go to trial in June in Lauterbach's death. Her burned body was found buried behind Laurean's house.

Lauterbach was about eight months pregnant when she died, but DNA tests revealed that Laurean wasn't the father.

The lawsuit names Laurean and his wife, Christina, as defendants. It seeks damages in excess of $10,000. Actual damages will be determined at trial.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Southerngal Location: eastern nc on Dec 14, 2009 at 07:38 PM
    I am so glad to read this article because there is no way that anyone will ever convince me that the wife was not part of this crime. I think that she needs to pay one way or the other. USMC, if you really stop and think about they have never proven that she was not there and with the time line that has been put out there for all of us to read tells me that she was involved somehow.
  • by Alison Location: Havelock on Dec 14, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    Way to go mom!
  • by S Location: New Bern on Dec 14, 2009 at 04:50 PM
    I think the husband and wife were both in on it. I'm not sure which one actually killed her but, they each helped each other out!
  • by USMC Location: Jacksonville on Dec 14, 2009 at 03:29 PM
    Come on now, what is he going to pay the family with, his comminsary money, his wife is going to divorce him and she is not going to stand any trial, she was proven not to be there during the murder....
  • by macdaddy on Dec 14, 2009 at 02:26 PM
    I think the wife is the one who killed the girl. It obviously was a crime of passion.
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